With the current Chiefs team yet to arrive in Kansas City (that will happen in a few weeks), the Chiefs Ambassador group was out at the Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City filling in Wednesday evening.
"We do a lot of charity work, stand in when the Chiefs can't do stuff," former Chiefs tight end and Ambassador Keith Cash explained. "Whether it be a golf tournament or coming and serving food to kids at the Ronald McDonald House KC, just filling in where we can."
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City keeps families with sick children close to each other and the care and resources they need. With the proximity to Children's Mercy Hospital and other pediatric hospitals downtown, the Ronald McDonald House provides shelter for families needing to stay close to their seriously ill children.
"People sometimes don't realize how big we are—we have three houses and a family room inside Children's Mercy Hospital," Ronald McDonald House of KC CEO Tami Greenberg said. "Without Ronald McDonald House, families would maybe be sleeping in their cars or sleeping in the recliner by their child's bed or sleeping in the uncomfortable chairs of the waiting room, so we give them a place to feel like home while they're with their sick kids."
On Wednesday evening, it was Cash and the other Ambassadors' responsibility to bring in and serve dinner before an opportunity to spend time with the children.
"On a personal level, I couldn't imagine having a kid who was sick, having a kid that's stuck in the hospital for an extended amount of time," Cash added, "so it's just good to be able to come and let them know that we care, that we're supporting them, that we, like I said, just bring a smile to someone's face in a dark time I think is very important."
The Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City hosts 87 families a night and last year alone served more than 7,000 families. For more information, clickhere.